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The biggest question facing each team in the second half

Is the Patriots' defense good enough to get them another title? When will the Rams hand the keys to Jared Goff? These are the biggest questions for all 32 teams heading into the second half of the NFL season.

If the NFL season ended today, the teams entering the postseason would be the Patriots, Raiders, Vikings, Texans, Steelers, Broncos, Cowboys, Vikings, Seahawks, Falcons, Packers, and Giants.  Meanwhile, with the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns would be selecting ... someone.

But that's the story of just one half. As sure as the air we breathe, this season's second half, like every one before it, will take twists and turns we can hardly predict. Will the 2–5 Panthers mimic last year's 2–5 Chiefs, running the table in the second half on the way to a surprise playoff berth? Are the Vikings, losers of two straight, this year's Atlanta? What must the Browns, 49ers, and possibly the Jags do to avoid picking first in the draft, or do they strategically aim for that slot over the next nine weeks?  And what about the many more teams seeking an identity, or simply a reliable quarterback?

We examine the most burning question for all 32 teams...